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Honestly, the guy was just not bright. My question is, where do they get off? EJD: I want to just make an observation to answer your question. The observation is it always is remarkable to me that my conservative Catholic friends urge us to follow the bishops to the letter on any issue they agree with them on, and then go after the bishops when the bishops to say things they disagree with. The same is true, by the way, on the Iraq war, where the Catholic bishops and the Pope oppose the Iraq war. And I think you can go back and look at what they said, and they actually did know what they were talking about.

Arthur Laffer is not the only economist out there, and you know, there is Galbraith and Laffer, and there was, you know, there are progressive economists.

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EJD: …you know, who have different views of the economy than supply siders. So there is no one orthodox, absolutely established economic view that has been proven true. And the bishops took a side. HH: But do they have the ability, do they have the credentials, E. At some point, and if you read Walter Russell Mead, or many people of the center, there grows an enormous appreciation for dynamic capitalism. Not marginal tax rates tweaked here or there, but an emphatic and absolute statement that the only thing that works in the long run is capitalism, not socialism, not communism, just capitalism.

EJD: Oh, I think they say it in their letter. I wish I had the page…it would take me too long to flip through that chapter, but they say it in that letter.

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You know, the conservatives act as if the bishops on these things, on these issues, were nincompoops. There are a lot of very smart bishops who cared about economics, and had a different view, much more shaped by an old, if you will, a New Deal tradition of the kind of capitalism we want. HH: But he captured the bishops. The bishops were wholly run by their staff in this exercise. They showed up, they talked a little bit, they had a good dinner, and they issued these letters.

EJD: No, I think…well, first of all, I think there is a range of knowledge among bishops, as there is a range of knowledge among all kinds of people, including journalists and radio talk show hosts. HH: I want to return and close our conversation this week on bishops, and what they know, and why Catholic bishops have gotten economics so wrong. I hate to sound like Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, remember that terrible moment when Eisenhower was asked, you know, I could tell you something important Nixon did as vice president, but it would take me two weeks?

Your response? And you know, when I have the…we mentioned Mike Novak earlier. Now where are you this week? Are you back in D. HH: No. I thought he was at Brookings. HH: Yes. HH: laughing Fair enough. HH: Wonderful place.

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EJD: Yes. EJD: …the supply side traditions. EJD: Right.

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    We have not just the freedom to work in campaigns and run for office and comment on public affairs. We have a responsibility to do so. If you do not speak your mind and cast your ballot, then who will speak and work for the ideals we cherish? Who will vote to protect the American family and respect its interests in the formulation of public policy?

    I know you can't endorse me because this is a nonpartisan crowd, but I A New Religious and Political America At the same time that Christian evangelicals were re-entering the public square and seeking political power in order to restore America's status as a Christian nation, the American religious marketplace was undergoing dramatic changes that would have political implications.

    He has an enviable flair for moving the reader along almost effortlessly and yet making clear and compelling arguments. There are fresh insights here in abundance. Dionne Jr. Convert currency. Add to Basket.


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